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Expecting

February 6, 2016

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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There are times in the Bible, when God illustrates through symbolism. For example in the book of Daniel, when Daniel describes his dreams. The book of Revelation is also filled with all types of symbols that represent things to come.

However, Praise the Lord, that throughout most of scripture we can simply take God exactly at His Word. This is one of those passages.

Just as you read it, Jesus Christ himself, will descend from His heavenly throne with a heavenly shout, and a trumpet.

What does that look like? Honestly, I don’t know.

Those that had fallen asleep, or died prior to the return of Christ will rise before those on earth are caught up in the air with Jesus.

What does that look like? Honestly, I don’t know.

But…I do know that this church in Thessalonica was so expectant on the return of Jesus Christ, that they did not want to sleep/die and be left out of the glorious return. Paul needed to reassure them that if they slept/died before this event, in no way would they miss out!

I do know… that one of the purposes of this scripture is to teach us that are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to expectantly wait for His return. Scripture teaches us that Jesus will return twice, physically. This is the first time, to gather His Bride, the church. The second time is in judgement of the world.

God wants us to be living just like the church at Thessalonica. Why?

An expectant heart lives very differently than a passive heart. Everything changes when you expect something. Motives change, passions change, priorities change. Living for Jesus is about our relationship with Him and with others. As we expectantly wait for His return our lives become centered on Him. Any other focus leads to idol worship. Idols are everywhere, even in our own homes, they demand our attention, and many times steal the spotlight from Jesus.

We will truly regret many things if the Lord Jesus comes and we were not expecting Him.

 

 

 

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